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Cabbage Masala Rice

Variety rice recipes come as a savior when you are in a hurry-burry to pack a lunchbox or prepare a quick lunch. You can throw in any one or mix of vegetables of your choice and some spices to whip up a delicious and nutritious meal. And if you have leftover rice, it becomes even more easy. Today's recipe is one such easy yet tasty variety rice with cabbage.

Cabbage has many nutritional values but still it is not liked by many due to its bland taste and smell. But if cooked properly, it can be full of flavor. This masala rice will be loved by even those who do not like cabbage. The freshly ground masala powder and ginger adds lots of flavor to the otherwise bland cabbage. This spicy cabbage rice just needs a raita or plain yogurt on the side to make a healthy and filling meal. 


{ Spicy variety rice dish with cabbage and ground spices }
Serves 2


½ cup basmati rice
2 cup shredded cabbage
1 medium onion, sliced
2 tsp grated ginger
2 garlic, finely chopped
1-2 green chillies, finely chopped
¼ tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste

For the masala powder:
2 dry red chillies
½ tsp chana dal / kadalai paruppu
¼ tsp coriander seeds
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp cumin seeds / jeera
2 cloves
½-inch cinnamon stick

For the tempering (tadka):
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp split urad dal
¼ tsp fennel seeds / sombu
Pinch of asafoetida / hing
1 sprig curry leaves


1. Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes. Add ¾ cup water and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Spread the rice on a plate and allow to cool.

2. Dry roast all the ingredients for the masala powder over medium flame until nice aroma comes. Cool and grind to a fine powder.

3. Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds. When it crackles, add urad dal, fennel seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves.

4. When the dal turns golden, add onion, green chillies, ginger and garlic. Saute well until the onions turns soft and translucent.

5. Then add cabbage, turmeric powder and mix well. Fry the cabbage and cook until its soft and cooked.

6. Now add the cooked rice, salt, masala powder and gently combine everything. Cook for 1-2 minutes and remove from heat.

Serving Suggestion ~ Raita or plain yogurt.

Notes and Tips
  • The rice is a bit on the spicier side, so skip or reduce the chillies according to your spice level.
  • You can also squeeze in some lemon juice at the end for more flavor.
  • Do not skip the ginger as it helps to reduce the smell of cabbage and adds flavor too.


  1. Very nice recipe Sona..Loved the texture of the rice..perfectly cooked and not sticky..

  2. I think the cabbage should be left crunchiyer to make a great combination with I right..looks lovely

    1. I prefer the cabbage to be cooked soft yet have little bit crunchiness. If it's too crunchy, it would not blend with the rice and would be have the raw taste.

  3. I hate how sometimes we have to buy a big cabbage or a big portion of it. Usually I don't know how to use up the little that is left over. Now I know what to do... make your recipe of cabbage masala rice.

  4. Wow!! Def the rice is cooked perfect and loved ur pics as well..Recently i am in to these kind of rice varieties ..Def will try your version

  5. Perfectly cooked rice and nice recipe to include cabbage in our diet. Lovely pics as always..

  6. variety rice in basmathi rice is my cup of tea. with simple masala's its great .loved it

  7. That's an awesome one pot meal dear... really interesting...

  8. Delicious and very healthy cabbage rice, looks fantastic. As you said even cabbage-haters would love this flavorful rice.

  9. rice looks super perfect and today i had cabbage too

  10. looks i know wat to do with the other half of cabbage...nice recipe...

  11. Wow!!! Perfect cabbage rice... lovely pics

  12. Perfectly done rice, very flavorful and delicious one pot meal..

  13. I love the sound of this rice it looks really delicious.

  14. fiber rich rice,great alternative for quick fix recipes !!

  15. Looks delicious very perfect rice. I make cabbage thoran a lot.

  16. Delicious and flavorful cabbage recipe. Looks tasty and nice pics.

  17. perfectly cooked rice grains and delicious looking masala rice. nice presentation.

  18. Perfect for lazy weekend.. One pot meals are nice way to incorporate vegetable to the meal! this also looks so yum!

  19. Yummy flavorful rice,love it


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